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National Imagination: Week 11-13


Week 11-13: Dialogical Nation: During this three week section of the course, students are asked to look at the three cultures from a "dialogical" perspective—meaning the point at which a culture becomes aware that it is not self sufficient.

"In terms of how a nation is perceived by others outside the nation, the French have a long history with not only how they are perceived, but also very carefully determining that perception," explains Professor Michael Spingler. "The French want to be the new Rome. They monopolized high culture. That's why you call a shop a "boutique" instead of a "bodega" if you want to sell overpriced goods."

Students learn to make "dialogical" connections through readings, class discussions and research projects.

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